Application units: Basic building blocks of tailorable applications

  • Anders MØrch
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1015)


Application units (AUs) are defined as the smallest self-contained units to be useful in the design and implementation of end-user tailorable applications, such as word processors, drawing programs, and e-mail systems. The notion of application units has been inspired by similar basic building blocks: Lego bricks, HyperCard buttons+scripts, MVC triads, and architectural patterns. It is proposed as a solution to problems in maintenance, reuse, and further development of generic software applications.

An architecture for tailorable, generic applications is presented, application units are introduced, and an example of a generic application built out of AUs is given.


Basic Building Block Pattern Language Presentation Object Menu Item Application Framework 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders MØrch
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  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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